The Teams Project from the Prince’s Trust

Have you got a small project you need help with? Do you have an outdoor space that needs a makeover? Is there a community room in your building that could…

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North Tyneside volunteering update 06/05/21

A number of North Tyneside organisations are currently recruiting for volunteers and trustees. Volunteering opportunities VODA is now recruiting for the Good Neighbours buddy scheme, to help support local residents…

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Covid Local Support Grant from North Tyneside Council

North Tyneside Council has received a small Covid Local Support Grant to help vulnerable residents with food and utility support. They would like to work with any organisation within North…

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The Northern Guide to Happiness featuring VODA

Episode 2 of the Northern Guide to Happiness podcast features our Robin Fry, CEO of VODA, talking about his love of film and music making as well as VODA’s response…

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Identifying physical activity and weight loss support in North Tyneside

North Tyneside Council is looking to map any activity that is currently being delivered by organisations or groups within North Tyneside which supports participants around physical activity and/or weight management.…

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New vaccination support buddy scheme for North Tyneside

VODA has teamed up with local GP Surgeries and North Tyneside Council to offer support to people struggling to take up their vaccine in North Tyneside. There are a number…

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Accessing twice weekly rapid COVID-19 tests – residents with no symptoms

As announced by the Prime Minister all people in England without symptoms will now be able to access twice-weekly rapid tests for coronavirus from 9 April. Twice-weekly rapid testing is…

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MOTW and the Digital Champions Outreach Programme

First published by Moving on Tyne & Wear 14 April 2021 Albert recently joined Moving On Tyne & Wear after taking early retirement from his job in the ship building…

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Islamic Cultural Centre in Whitley Bay hosts Vaccination Hub

On the 4th of March, The Islamic Cultural Centre in Whitely Bay hosted a one time COVID-19 vaccination hub to encourage vaccine uptake amongst the Muslim community in North Tyneside.…

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Could you be an Age UK befriender?

Befriending volunteers offer supportive, reliable relationships to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. Age UK is looking to recruit befrienders who will support an older person by visiting them…

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National Usher Syndrome Awareness Day

March 2 sees the launch of National Usher Syndrome Awareness Day with the NHS showcasing a series of short films, videos and support statements throughout the day on their social…

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Little1Stop – supporting young parents in North Shields

Starting a new charity is never easy, but for Dawn Jobey (pictured left) her dream of creating Little1Stop to support young parents who are struggling to provide the essentials for…

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Free Social Media Workshops from Accenture

Accenture is delivering a series of three workshops for charities over the next month.  Accenture highly recommend that charities attend all of the sessions as they seamlessly interlock together: Introduction to…

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North Tyneside Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme

VODA recently worked alongside North Tyneside Council to host two online meetings exploring plans for this year’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme. The HAF will ensure that children on free…

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One day vaccination hub at Heaton Mosque

Habib Jiwa, a pharmacist working for TyneHealth in North Tyneside, set up a onetime vaccination clinic at Heaton Mosque to encourage vaccination uptake within his local Muslim community. Habib commented: “Uptake for vaccination…

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Suitability: supporting men of the North East into employment

Darren who works for Moving On Tyne & Wear, (a local employability programme that supports people with mental and physical health barriers gain access to education, employment and training) was…

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VCS Workforce Rapid COVID-19 Testing

North Tyneside council has opened a new COVID-19 rapid testing service. The aim of rapid community testing is to test people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms to identify those…

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Navigating Self-Isolation in North Tyneside

If you are asked to self-isolate, it is important that you follow the advice which is there to help keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe. We know…

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Living Well North Tyneside booklet

Living Well North Tyneside is a useful booklet providing information and advice on local health and wellbeing services. The booklet provides information on how to maintain a healthy mind and…

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Here to help: Co-op Member Pioneers

As part of their longstanding commitment to supporting the local community, the Co-op has recruited hundreds of “Member Pioneers” across the country, who are tasked with getting to know their…

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Support available from local students

Gateshead College’s business, games and digital technology students are seeking placements within the region to bring fresh thinking and ideas to the VCSE sector. These young people are looking to…

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‘Stay at home’ order for millions in UK

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown from 5 January 2021 and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. PM…

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Families to receive extra support with food and essentials in North Tyneside

Struggling households are set to receive extra financial support through North Tyneside Council this winter. The council has received funding from the national Covid Winter Grant Fund to help some…

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New research reveals impact of Covid on North East lives as Christmas approaches

New research commissioned by the seven North East councils reveals how people across the region feel about Covid-19 and local restrictions – with over half admitting that while they want…

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Second Bite Catering Academy case study: William and Franklin’s Journey

William [aged 26] and Franklin [aged 23] are Asylum Seekers from El Salvador that were housed in North Shields by the Home Office when they entered the UK in February…

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Community Christmas Spirit Comes to North Tyneside

In 2019 new charity, Live Well with Cancer wanted to give a token gift to cancer patients, in local hospitals, to let people know they were thinking of them. The…

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North Tyneside to move into Tier 3 – 2 December 2020

After an incredibly challenging period of national lockdown, our region now finds itself in the ‘very high’ Tier 3. These restrictions are designed to protect the most vulnerable among us,…

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VODA AGM and Annual Report 2019 to 2020

As is the story of most events in 2020, we had to take VODA’s AGM online. Although we were unable to get together for our usual gathering of friends and…

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Moving on Tyne & Wear case study: David’s story

David is a participant on the Moving on Tyne and Wear (MOTW) programme, who is supported with interaction, confidence and searching for a volunteering opportunity.  He left school quite early…

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VODA shortlisted for North East Charity of the Year

We are delighted to announce that VODA has been shortlisted for North East Charity of the Year at the North East Charity Awards 2020. The Awards are designed to recognise…

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